Wondering about the Canine Flu (Click headline)

Wondering about the Canine Flu (Click headline)

Below is a letter that the President of IRDTC, Sandra Tuominen DMV, who also is a licensed veterinarian at Critter Care in Virginia posted on our Facebook wall.  This is for informative reasons only and if you have ANY veterinary health issue…..PLEASE consult your veterinarian regarding YOUR pets health!

I have been doing some research on the Canine Influenza outbreak, and though it isn’t quite as bad as what the media has been reporting, those in the thick of it (Chicago) have been seeing a definite increase in canine upper respiratory cases. Unfortunately, not all of these have been tested for Canine Influenza, so it is impossible to say if it is actually influenza or not. There have actually been only a few confirmed cases. The numbers varied between 34 and 111. The good news is that the great majority of these cases have been treatable with antibiotics and cough suppressants, with a fair number requiring hospitalization. There have been a very low number of fatalities, mostly owners that have waited too long to get their dogs in for medical care. There is uncertainty about the efficacy of the vaccine in these cases because genetic testing has identified it as a new virus to the US and not the same virus that the vaccine was developed for. In order for the vaccine to be effective against the virus it was developed for, the dog needs to receive the initial shot, a booster shot two weeks later, then needs an additional 2 weeks to reach full immunity. Even in the best cases, the vaccine does not prevent the disease, but may decrease the severity… In my opinion, if I was to be attending a trial of any sort in the Chicago or outlying areas, until this outbreak blows over, which it will, I wouldn’t go. If you do choose to go, isolate your dog from others for at least a week after returning home. The incubation period of this disease is 5-7 days. Watch carefully for coughing, lethargy, inappetance, or fever. If your dog develops any of these symptoms, see your vet ASAP. Hope this helps…

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Mar 05 Wondering about the Canine Flu (Click headline)
Below is a letter that the President of IRDTC, Sandra Tuominen DMV, who also is a licensed veterinarian at Critter Care in Virginia posted on our Facebook wall.  This is for informative reasons only and if you have ANY veterinary health issue…..PLEASE consult your veterinarian regarding YOUR pets health! I have been doing some research […] Read More
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Mar 09 Pam Longville Obedience Workshop 3/16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Jan 06 Agility Workshop January 18 & 19 with instructor Jacque Hoye
Two FULL DAYS of instruction by Instructor Jacque Hoye She has been teaching agility since 1997 and is an AKC Agility judge.   She uses a lot of positive motivation and drive in her training.   Many of Jacque’s students have earned champion Agility titles in AKC, USDAA, CPE, NADAC, and ASCA.  Saturday, January 18 Advanced Class 8 to 4:30 […] Read More
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Dec 06 Canine Chiropractor Workshop-CANCELLED
PLEASE NOTE:  This workshop has been CANCELLED for tonight.  Thank you. Claudia Cottrell is a certified animal chiropractor since 2011.  She is also a licensed chiropractor & has been in practice for 22 yrs. Claudia will be at the IRDTC to do chiropractic adjustments on dogs   This is open to the general public.  Appointments will […] Read More
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